Tuesday – February 20, 2018 – The Holy Spirit is God.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
John 14:15-21 (NIV) “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bein you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
The Holy Spirit is God in the same way that the Father and Son are God. They are all co-equal and all have the same essence. When Jesus left Heaven, He gave up equality with God for a season. He took on the form of a man and came to earth. The Holy Spirit was active in His earthly ministry and empowered Him to do miraculous signs.
When Jesus died, was resurrected and ascended back to Heaven, He reclaimed equality with God and sent the Holy Spirit to take His place on earth. In the same way that Jesus advocated for us when He was here, the Holy Spirit advocates in His place. That is why Jesus used the term “another advocate”, to show that even though distinct from one another, they are of the same essence.
The Holy Spirit, then, becomes not only the successor of Jesus, He becomes His presence. When He teaches, He teaches the nature of Christ, the sentiments of Christ and the virtues of Christ. The difference is that the Holy Spirit represents the fully restored Christ, the Son of God who is seen in Revelation, chapter 1.
Jesus is present in the church and believers by the Holy Spirit. Both Christ (Galatians 2:20) and the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-10) are said to dwell in the believer. It is exciting to know that God lives in you when you believe in the accomplishments of Christ.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to realize who You really are. That You are God and deserve to be recognized as God.